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originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
originally posted by: theantediluvian
Correct me if I'm wrong but Louisiana doesn't recognize same sex marriage so at this point *no one* is being compelled to have any involvement in same sex marriages because they don't exist in Louisiana.
So then what's the point of the legislation?
The Supreme Court is getting ready to rule on marriage equality. It may become legal on a national level. This is a preemptive move by Jindal.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: Vasa Croe
I've yet to see an issue where a gay couple forced a church to marry them against its will. If one exists, the incidents certainly aren't widespread.
originally posted by: dawnstar
a reply to: dragonridr
you do realize that abused women go into churches for counseling and still get the blame for everything right?? I don't see this as being a danger to any church they have always been allowed to operate freely, unless of course the counseling portion of the church accepts federal funding in some way or accepts clients that federal funds pay for the services for (like catholic charities) then they might have to conform a tad because of that.
originally posted by: beezzer
Now when those that hold a religious conviction against gay marriage are forced (by law) to provide for a gay marriage, those that are religious see that as a tacit approval of the act of marriage for the gay folks.
And I feel their frustration because they are being denied the act of non-participation.
Laws don't change hearts and minds. Laws restrict behaviours. Laws restrict acts. Laws dictate behaviours.
There are those that will take advantage of these laws, in my humble opinion, and further restrict religious expression. I see it daily on these boards! Even you can't deny that!
Laws that even allow these religious freedoms are redundant and superfluous!
Nothing good is going to come from any of this. There will be no "new freedoms". There will only be more hate and division. Religious folks will stop listening and dig in their heels. LGBT folks will fight back against real and perceived oppression.
The sum total will be a loss of expression and a new franchise for government to capitalise on that will include convoluted laws determining behaviours for every social situation.
originally posted by: dragonridr
For example churches provide homes for families in need. Does this mean they would be required to provide those services to all Maried couples. Would Maria get councilors provided by churches be required to council gay couples.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
a reply to: Answer
It's odd how much fear homosexuality causes in some people. I watch as people act as if being gay is some kind of disease they can catch. Its as if being "exposed" to a gay person can rub off on them and make them gay or something.
This is a totally irrational, backwards, and primitive way of thinking.
originally posted by: dawnstar
I think they should include it in all their advertisements also for the same reason!!!